Webinar: This Session is a “Disaster”

When:  Jan 12, 2021 from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM (ET)

This Session is a “Disaster

This webinar is sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) and provides 1 HSW credit.


The Facility Guidelines Institute, using a volunteer committee of over 120 professionals in practicing in health care, has developed a White Paper on Emergency Conditions in Health and Residential Care Facilities which includes recommended additional requirements to the 2022 series of Guidelines.  This session explores the key factors that influenced the new recommendations along with an overview of what new standards are being recommended for the new Guidelines on Emergency Conditions.

This effort addressed the need—permanent, semi-permanent, and temporary—to expand patient and resident capacity during pandemics and other manmade disasters and look at facility resiliency to withstand high winds, floods, wildfires, and other weather-related disasters. While many excellent solutions have been deployed over the years for resiliency and the past many months for COVID-19, thousands of hours have gone into coalescing lessons learned into a white paper and recommendations for a new Guidelines document that will support the treatment and care of patients, residents, visitors, and staff members during emergency conditions.  A risk assessment process and emergency condition zone maps have been added to the compliance formula of determining when elements of the recommendations need to be applied.


After participating in this webinar attendees will:

1. Describe how the new Guidelines for Emergency Conditions will influence future facility design to provide flexibility during a surge capacity event, whether man-made or weather related.
2. Apply the risk assessment and zone map concept to regions and areas of the United States to determine facility resiliency and surge capacity.
3. Explain the concepts behind and the physical attributes of alternate care sites critical to providing a satisfactory patient experience and outcome.
4. Use the Guidelines for Emergency Conditions in the project design and delivery period to creating facilities that serve their intended purpose during man-made and weather-related events.




This session is part of the Beyond the Basics by the Academy of Architecture for Health.  The web-based 60-minute seminars are tailored to mid-level professionals with enough exposure to jump-start interest in wanting to learn more.


Douglas S. Erickson, CEO
Facility Guidelines Institute

Doug provides expertise in healthcare facilities planning, design, and construction with more than 46 years of industry experience. Doug currently serves as the CEO of Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI), a not-for-profit organization responsible for producing the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities and whose mission is to produce consensus-based guidelines in healthcare.  He is a founding board member of FGI and has had a leadership position with the Guidelines since 1985 and a committee member since 1978.  Doug is currently chairman emeritus of the 2022 edition and was the chair of the 2018, 2014 and 2010 editions and vice-chair of the 1987, 1992/92, 1996/97, 2001 and 2006 editions. He is a featured speaker at national and local conferences on health care facility codes, standards, guidelines, and environmental infection control.  Doug was also selected for ASHE’s highest membership award in 2013 – The Crystal Eagle. Doug is also the senior health care facility advisor to Specified Technologies, Inc., the premier firestop authority, providing consultation and strategic leadership on the health care built environment.

Heather B. Livingston, Director of Operations/Managing Editor
Facility Guidelines Institute
Heather B. Livingston is the director of operations for the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) and managing editor of the 2022 edition of the Guidelines for Design and Construction of hospitals, outpatient facilities, and residential health, care, and support facilities. Heather served as consulting editor for FGI from 2011 through 2016 and was a freelance writer from 2006 through 2016. Prior to that, she was an associate editor for the American Institute of Architects and director of the Business Week/Architectural Record awards program. Her work has appeared in This Old House, Cadalyst, Architectural Record, AIArchitect, and other design publications.


Gregg D. Ostrow, AIA

Gregg graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1984 and became a licensed architect in 1987.  From 1998 to 2008, Gregg was the Facility Architect for the St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho where he worked on over 400 health care projects ranging from Medical Imaging Equipment Replacement projects to Master Planning Regional Healthcare Campuses.  Since then he has been consulting for the local hospital systems and has served on the Board of the Idaho Society of Healthcare Engineers.